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Hetton – Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane

Not an adrenaline junkie type ride, more like visual eye candy, taking in awe-inspiring views of Winterburn Reservoir, an outstanding 360 view at Weets Top and regular glimpses of the famous limestone pavements of Malham Moor.

Much of the riding is deep within working countryside; you may have to gently coax a dozen or so bulls blocking your route forward. If that’s not your thing this isn’t the route for you.

On a good day, the skies on this route appear to be huge, just the best.

Statistics

Total distance 11.7Miles
Difficulty
Grin Factor

Total Distance: 11.7 Miles
Total Climbing: 2322.8 ft
Time: 2.17 hrs

Off-road: 10.7 mi

On-road: 1 mi

Climbing Distance: 4.5 mi
Descent Distance: 6 mi
Flat Distance: 1.3 mi

Terrain: Generally slow, sometimes muddy. You gets your buzz in different ways on this ride.

The Route

Start Point:  SD 9621 5899 – GPS N 54 03.982 W 2 00.305 Hetton village – left at Rylstone off the B6265, the bridleway begins on your right, as you hit the village. hid between the houses.

  • An easy climb from Hetton village, go left when you leave the bridleway and hit field, taking in the views of Winterburn Reservoir on the nice but short downhill, what follows is a pretty long climb to the top of Weets Top, it takes a while but it’s the hardest and only major climb on this route.
  • Take in the amazing views at the top of Weets Top, then down the short but steep bridleway to hit tarmac (turn right), follow this until you reach Mastiles Lane on your left, a half mile ride through a field track then right at the first gate.
  • Follow Mastiles lane until it turns into tarmac, then turn right off the tarmac as it begins to descend, following the bridleway signs for Boss Moor and take in the superb limestone views. Descend Boss Moor via Boss Moor Lane until you hit tarmac (Malham Moor Lane) turn left onto this road, about 150 yards on your right, the well hidden bridleway continues, back to your start point at Hetton.

Route Photos

Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Start of route. Stairway to heaven in my mind.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Left at the top. A gentle climb to Weets Top.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Winterburn reservoir.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
A grassy but none too challenging climb to Weets Top.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Views behind you. Sharphaw to the right and Barden Moor ahead.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
The final push.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Descend Weets top. right on tarmac. the left onto Mastiles Lane.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Right.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Bridleway turns into tarmac.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Right off tarmac towards Boss Moor., Then right onto Boss Moor Lane.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Limestone views towards Malham Moor.
Hetton - Malham Moor via Mastiles Lane Bike Route
Watch out for the one on the left.

Food & Stuff

There’s a well known foodie pub in Hetton at the start/end of this route. It looks like the kind of place where they might not be too happy if you turn up blathered in mud…. We could be wrong.

Lots of pubs and food in the nearest town Skipton.

 

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